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West Virginia whitewater, Paint Creek

Fayette Kanawha county, Westerly to Burnwell section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     6.4 miles
  The nature scenery of Fayette/ Kanawha County and the cool fresh water beats anything. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Oak Hill, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. This section is long enough to enjoy a good
    non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. The Westerly to Burnwell section of Paint
Creek in West Virginia is 6.4 miles long and is a class II-IV section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Paint Creek is not far at all from Powellton, and Bluestone National Scenic River is a great location nearby. High temperatures at Paint Creek throughout the warmest time of the year are in the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures fall down into the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's; through the dark hours in the wintertime at Paint Creek temperatures plunge to the 20's. Paint Creek frequently gets a great deal of precipitation. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation.

Paint Creek, Westerly to Burnwell road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Paint Creek.
 Whitewater Near Paint Creek:
Paint Creek, Fayette/ Kanawha County, 2 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.4 miles long (Westerly to Burnwell)
Armstrong Creek - Powellton Fork, Fayette County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (McDunn to Powellton)
Armstrong Creek, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.1 miles long (Powellton to Kimberly)
Paint Creek, Fayette County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 4.1 miles long (Mossy to Westerly)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.4 miles long (Clear Creek to Ameagle)
Big Coal River - Clear Fork, Raleigh County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.1 miles long (Ameagle to Whitesville)
Paint Creek, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 4.6 miles long (Laurel Grove Church to Mossy)
Loop Creek, Fayette County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 9.3 miles long (North Page to Deepwater)
Sandlick Creek, Raleigh County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.6 miles long (Dameron to confluence with Marsh Fork of Big Coal River)
Big Coal River - Marsh Fork, Raleigh County, 12 miles away
      Class II+ - 6.3 miles long (Arnett to Dry Creek)
 Ski Areas Near Paint Creek:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 28 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 97 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Marinas Near Paint Creek:
Chesapeake Boat Club and Marina, Charleston , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Paint Creek:
Days Inn Mount Hope, Mount Hope , 14 miles away
Holiday Lodge, Oak Hill , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites BECKLEY, Beckley , 15 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Beckley, WV, Beckley , 15 miles away
Microtel Inn By Wyndham Beckley, Beckley , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Paint Creek:
Plum Orchard Lake Wildlife Management Area - Dam Site, Dothan, 9 miles away
Plum Orchard Lake, Scarbro, 11 miles away
New River Campground, Gauley Bridge, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Paint Creek:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 15 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 15 miles away
Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia , 17 miles away
Twin Falls Resort State Park, West Virginia , 22 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 24 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Paint Creek:
Hidden Valley Golf, Glen Daniel , 12 miles away
Hawks Nest Golf Course, Gauley Bridge , 13 miles away
Saddlebred Golf Club, Beckley , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Paint Creek
Plum Orchard Lake, Fayette , 9 miles away
Stephens Lake, Raleigh , 14 miles away

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